Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Balangir district reported first confirmed cases of COVID-19 after two persons from the district tested positive for the virus today.
With this, the total count of coronavirus cases the state rose to 145, informed the Information and Public Relation Department. The number of active cases in the state now stands at 103 and recovered cases at 41.
The new cases are two youths aged 18 and 22 years and residents of Lekharia village in Balangir district. Both have travel history to Tamil Nadu. With this, the deadly virus has now spread to one more district in Odisha. Contact tracing and follow-up action is underway, said the Government.
It is pertinent to mention here that the two patients are first in the state who have travel history to Tamil Nadu after West Bengal.
Earlier yesterday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had a discussion with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami via video conferencing regarding the return of Odia migrants stranded in the southern city due to lockdown. He also requested his Tamil Nadu counterpart to cooperate with the Odia migrants willing to return to Odisha. He also thanked the Tamil Nadu Government for taking good care of Odisha people stranded in there.
Early this morning, a positive case was reported from Balasore district. The patient, a 58-year-old male, was asymptomatic. and has travel history to Kolkata.